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Examples of disingenuous in a Sentence
- "It's had nine murders since 1937—about the same as you would get in many small towns." This was correct, but a wee disingenuous. The AT [Appalachian Trail] had no murders in its first thirty-six years and nine in the past twenty-two. —Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods, 1999
- … and he egged Badger on, asking a disingenuous question about the antivivisection rally in Cleveland, and as Badger took the thought up and chewed it over, the Doctor made as if to excuse himself. —T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Road to Wellville, 1993
- … he has a disingenuous way of resorting to slang when he wants to make a big point but is afraid of sounding pretentious. —Karen Schoemer, New York Times Book Review, 31 Oct. 1993
- Unity is at best an ideal, at worst a disingenuous political slogan. —Salman Rushdie, The Independent on Sunday, 25 Nov. 1990
Her recent expressions of concern are self-serving and disingenuous.
Recent Examples of disingenuous from the Web
Furthermore, the letter misrepresented state-level budget items as local budget items, which is disingenuous at best.
His Prince tribute at this year’s Super Bowl also felt disingenuous, given the pair’s history.
Some foreign policy experts insist that the White House denials are simply disingenuous.
The facts suggest otherwise, which made Mr. Trump’s latest attack on Mr. Obama seem disingenuous.
And so Bexar Pub gives you biscuits as brittle and disingenuous as a sitcom laughtrack.
By the time Epic could seize on what the genre was missing, the whole scene had already become synonymous with impenetrability and disingenuous copycats.
No matter how disingenuous this may be, the perception of Armenia as a consistent loyal ally of Russia is more important than the reality,’’ said Richard Giragosian, director of the Regional Studies Center in Yerevan, an independent think tank.
Potential partners or friends who appear judgmental, blaming, defensive, controlling, self-absorbed or disingenuous are all higher risk.
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disingenuous Has a Roman History
Ingenous has its roots in the slave-holding society of ancient Rome. Its ancestor ingenuus is a Latin adjective meaning "native" or "freeborn" (itself from gignere, meaning "to beget"). Ingenuus begot the English adjective ingenuous. That adjective originally meant "freeborn" (as in "ingenuous Roman subjects") or "noble and honorable," but it eventually came to mean "showing childlike innocence" or "lacking guile." In the mid-17th century, English speakers combined the negative prefix dis- with ingenuous to create disingenuous, meaning "guileful" or "deceitful."
DISINGENUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disingenuous for English Language Learners
: not truly honest or sincere : giving the false appearance of being honest or sincere
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